Articles | Volume 11, issue 1
Research article
03 Feb 2015
Research article |  | 03 Feb 2015

Using empirical orthogonal functions derived from remote-sensing reflectance for the prediction of phytoplankton pigment concentrations

A. Bracher, M. H. Taylor, B. Taylor, T. Dinter, R. Röttgers, and F. Steinmetz


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We have developed a method to assess pigment concentrations from continuous optical measurements by applying an empirical orthogonal function analysis to remote-sensing reflectance data derived from hyperspectral ship-based and multispectral satellite measurements in the Atlantic Ocean. The method allows for the derivation of time series from continuous reflectance data of various pigment groups at various regions, which can be used to study phytoplankton composition and photophysiology.